That was the graffiti that greeted the team from my church when we were visiting one of the favelas (slums) of Belo Horizonte.
We were told not to wear jewelry, watches, carry money, cameras or other things of value while we were walking through the favela.
This is a place where violence is too common, life is cheap, and where the drug lords reign.
With no prospects for jobs and education, if you’re born in a favela, the likelihood is you will die in a favela.
God Creates…Mothers Raise…We Kill.
It’s dark. It’s evil. It’s reality in the favela.
As we were nearing our walking visit to the favela, another graffiti was pointed out to us that read:
Kindness generates more kindness.
What an amazing contrast to the earlier graffiti.
These two graffiti represent two ways of looking at life.
You don’t have to live in a favela to know which one leads to life and which one perpetuates death.
Particularly when death and darkness seem to be all around, that’s when the light of kindness shines most bright.